Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
RIYL: Ike Turner, Chuck Berry, Louis Jordan, Slim & Slam, Slim Delgado
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Influences: Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Les Paul, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie
Bulee "Slim" Gaillard, aka "McVouty," was a mid-century jazz singer and songwriter who played piano, guitar, vibraphone, and tenor saxophone. Aside from his own hit records like "Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)" (as part of Slim & Slam with bassist Slam Stewart), he also performed and recorded with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dodo Marmarosa, and others.
Gaillard lived in San Diego in the early 1960s, recording several singles and performing with area ensembles. In 1962, under the name Slim Delgado, he recorded a rock and roll single for the Xavier label, "Frank Rhoads Round," named after a San Diego Union newspaper columnist and mentioning both Chula Vista and Linda Vista in the lyrics. The b-side "Dr. Free" concerned a Chula Vista dentist.
One of Gaillard's performances is mentioned in the 1957 novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac. In the 1960s and 1970s, he appeared as an actor in TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., Charlie's Angels, Mission Impossible, Medical Center, the Flip Wilson Show, Then Came Bronson, and Roots: The Next Generations.
Gaillard passed away February 26, 1991.